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Resources for Reopening in New York

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Some aspects of our industry have begun to reopen, and we are inching closer to welcoming more artists - and eventually audience members - back into our spaces. When we do, we know we have to do so safely. So, we've compiled a list of resources that we hope will be useful as you make plans to reopen your spaces and gather in person once again. We will update this page regularly as more resources become available. If you have a resource you would like to add to this page, please email Senior Manager of Individual Giving and Events Audrey Rush at [email protected].

DISCLAIMER: A.R.T./New York provides links to these resources in an attempt to consolidate information for our members. Inclusion on this page doesn't indicate an endorsement of any specific guidelines or reopening plans. The content within each resource remains solely that of the original publishers. Each venue and producing organization will need to assess their own unique circumstances when implementing safe reopening measures. Please follow all reopening guidelines listed on New York Forward

Last updated: September 30, 2020

New York State & City Resources

New York Forward
Visit the Regional Unpause Dashboard for detailed information about each region's reopening status, and find detailed guidance for businesses for each phase of reopening, including Phase 4, which includes low-risk indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment.

NYC Business Reopening Guide
NYC's Reopening Guide points to many of the same State websites listed on this page, but also includes some City-specific information, including an FAQ page addressing questions around venue inspection and enforcement.

NYS Department of Health
New York State's COVID-19 page includes the latest updates on the state's phased reopening plan as well as resources on testing, prevention, and mental health.

DCLA Reopening Resources Page
The Department of Cultural Affairs offers another compilation of reopening resources for theatres and the cultural sector as a whole.


Reopening Guides

NY Forward: A Guide to Reopening New York & Building Back Better
New York State's Reopening guide. This resource doesn't cover our sector as specifically as some of the other resources below, but it does provide a broad overview of the State's plans and guidelines for reopening. 

HERE Arts Center's Comprehensive Reopening Plan
HERE’s incredibly thorough reopening plan focuses on the question of how to open safely, rather than how quickly to open. The health and safety of staff, artists, and audiences are paramount at every step along the way. All decisions are informed by local, state, CDC, and WHO rules and recommendations, and all measures are grounded in public health science and infection control.

92Y Reopening Strategy
Another comprehensive look at one organization's reopening and safety plans. This resource may be most useful for anyone operating or working in a large, multi-use venue.

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide
This guide is a collective work to help peers across the broader event industry, so it is not focused solely on theatres. This document contains no “best practices” that apply everywhere – coronavirus creates different challenges depending on countless factors, including the size of the event, its geographic location, the physical space, and the anticipated attendees, to name just a few. Instead, in the order one would plan an event, they have identified reasonably foreseeable health risks and suggested options to mitigate them.

SDC Return to Stage and Performing Arts Playbook
The overarching goal of the Playbook is to help performing arts organizations craft their own safety plans so that SDC Members and AGMA artists can safely return to work. The AGMA/SDC Return to Stage and Performing Arts Playbook helps to address the unique challenges of singing, dancing, stage managing, choreographing, and directing by outlining the layers of protection necessary to mitigate risks.

All in NYC: The Roadmap for Tourism's Reimagining and Recovery
Developed by a coalition of representatives from all sectors of NYC's visitor economy. This roadmap is aimed at first increasing confidence among NYC residents to participate in a variety of activities, and ultimately to encourage visitors to once again feel safe traveling to New York.

PACC Guide to Reopening Theatrical Venues
This guide was developed primarily for larger venues and focuses primarily on risk levels for four main categories: 1) guests, 2) visiting companies and back of house staff, 3) front of house staff, and 4) office staff. Their risk/mitigation analysis focuses on the reopening process from an operations perspective and is intended to be one component of an overall performing arts center reopening strategy.



NY Forward: Safety Plan Template
Each business or entity, including those that have been designated as essential under Empire State Development's Essential Business Guidance, must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out this template to fulfill the requirement, or may develop its own Safety Plan.

Coronavirus Self Declaration Form Template
A template version of the form all visitors and staff of A.R.T./New York facilities must sign daily when working on site. It may be modified for anyone to use for their own office space or rental facility. 



How Arts and Cultural Organizations Can Consider Adapting | SMU Data Arts
Aimed at helping arts and cultural organizations consider key questions and variables as they plan for reopening and a post-COVID-19 future, this report estimates the pandemic’s effect on the nonprofit arts sector and identifies three critical propositions and four prompting questions for consideration.

Roadmap for Recovery and Resilience for Theater | American Repertory Theater/Harvard University
An in depth living document complied by American Repertory Theater in partnership with public health experts from Harvard University. This document can be a valuable resource to those currently looking at what to do in their own spaces.

COVID Theatre Think Tank
A self-organized consortium of theatre professionals across the nation, representing multiple disciplines and corners of the industry has joined forces with leading front-line health experts to research the unique challenges facing the theater industry emerging from the pandemic. Visit their site for additional resources and to subscribe to their newsletter.


What is A.R.T./New York doing?

Below you'll find more specifics about reopening our spaces including our safety plan, copies of our health screening questionnaires, and studio rental guidelines. Visit our Studio Rental page to learn more.

Facilities Safety Plan: [email protected]
Facilities Safety Plan: South Oxford Space
Posted for all tenants, staff and visitors to our spaces.

Studio Rental Guidelines: [email protected]
Studio Rental Guidelines: South Oxford Space
This form must be signed by all studio renters and will be kept on file at each facility. 

Coronavirus Self Declaration Form Template
A template version of the form all visitors and staff of A.R.T./New York facilities must sign daily when working on site. It may be modified for anyone to use for their own office space or rental facility. 


Header: Blessed Unrest's Production of The Snow Queen. Photo by Maria Barinova.